October 15, 2012 by Made In Brum
After all the signings Lee Clark had made during the summer, there was one that I was personally, chuffed with. When I heard that Darren Ambrose had signed from Crystal Palace, I thought it was a genuine quality addition. He has proven class at this level but unfortunately, he hasn’t had the best of starts to his Blues career.
After his impressive strike against Barnet in the Capital One cup first round, was that a sign of things on the horizon? Well, it has to be said, he’s disappointed most people so far. But, I believe he can be the man to inspire a team like Blues, especially when the chips are down. A mixture of reasons have contributed to his poor start, injuries, settling in to a new environment, team struggling, it can’t have been easy for him.
But players like Ambrose can be the weapon were looking for. Lee Clark tried to spark a reaction with his after-match comments after the Huddersfield defeat, but was Papa Bouba Diop a panic signing? Instead of seeing what sort of reaction the players give him, the manager bought in another short-term signing. Will this just push players like Ambrose, Ravel Morrison and Morgaro Gomis down the pecking order? But then what happens when Bouba Diop’s contract ends in a months time? He’s likely to leave, meaning Blues can’t gain any stability within the team. One minute, he’s here, the next, he’s gone.
Clark needs to look closer to home and work tirelessly with lads like Ambrose. Yes, as mentioned earlier, he’s been poor so far. But does Clark realise that he’s got a very good all-round midfielder on his hands? Get it right and Ambrose could be exactly what we’ve been lacking.
By Rob Wildey